Category Archives: Announcements

Lemoine-Mitchell Auditorium Dedication

We are invited to the Dedication of the Lemoine-Mitchell Auditorium at the Saugus Middle-High School complex. On Tuesday 13 December 2022. The dedication ceremony is at 6:30 PM. This is followed by the high school winter concert at 7:00 PM. The location is the new Saugus Middle-High School, at 1 Pearce Memorial Drive / Saugus, Massachusetts 01906.

The auditorium will be named after two teachers of performing arts who taught at Saugus High School for many years. Nancy Lemoine was the drama teacher until she passed away in 2013. She was also a member of the Theatre Company of Saugus throughout her life, as an actor, director, music director, workshop leader, etc.

Click here for more info about Nancy. Click here for more info about the dedication effort.

Election to the TCS Board of Directors 12/11/2022

The General Membership Meeting at which we formally elect the TCS Board of Directors will be during our Annual Holiday Party, which will be on Sunday 11 December 2022. It will start at about 4:30 PM, because it will follow the matinee performance of our holiday cabaret For Your Wintertainment. This is an in-person event at the American Legion Post 210 / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts 01906. All are welcome to attend, and all members may vote. The bar will be open, the food is potluck.

At our General Membership Meeting held via Zoom on Wednesday 2 November 2022, the following people were nominated. To a three-year term 2023 thru 2025 on the Board of Directors:

  • Jeff Bliss
  • Billy Jenkins
  • Sherri Raftery

To a one-year renewable term on the Alternate Board:

  • Heather Beatty
  • Dylan Bushe
  • Rosemary DeGregorio
  • Lauren Lyon Bliss

Nominations of others can also be made at the meeting on December 11 just prior to the voting.  The nominated person should be present at the meeting so they can accept the nomination.

The board of directors has nine members.  There can be any number of alternate members.

Current continuing members of the board include:   Matt Garlin, Victoria Isotti, Larry Segel, Deirdre Shaw, Jill Sliby, and Ben Tan.  Jeff Bliss’ current term is expiring, and he is running for re-election.  Two members of the board are retiring:  Alicia Groves and Sean Perry.

Current alternate board members include:  Dylan Bushe, Rosemary DeGregorio, Billy Jenkins, and Sherri Raftery.

Officers of the board will be chosen by the board at their meeting on December 14.

Nominations for the TCS Board of Directors – 2022

Nominations are now open for elections to the TCS Board of Directors.  The board has nine members, each serving overlapping three-year terms.  Each person can serve for up to two consecutive terms.  The terms of three members expire at the end of 2022.  They or others can be elected for a term running 2023 thru 2025.

We also have Alternate board members, who attend board meetings and can vote if needed to make up a quorum.  Alternate members serve for one-year terms.

The Nominating Committee is now seeking candidates for regular or alternate board positions.  The nominating committee includes Dr. Sherri Raftery,  Larry Segel, Jilliana Sliby, and Ben Tan.  If you are interested in serving on the board, or would  like to recommend anyone else, please contact any member of the nominating committee.  Or  write to tcsaugus@gmail.com.  

The board elections will be held at our annual general membership meeting, to be held on Wednesday 2 November 2022, starting at 7:30 PM, via zoom.  The officers for 2023 (president, vice president, treasurer, corresponding secretary, recording secretary) will be chosen on December 14 at a meeting of the new, old, and continuing board members.

The board members whose terms are ending include Jeff Bliss, Alicia Groves, and Sean Perry.   Alicia and Sean have chosen not to run for another term, but Jeff will. So there are at least two openings for new board members. Other regular ongoing board members include:  Matthew Garlin, Victoria Isotti, Larry Segel, Deirdre Shaw, Jilliana Sliby, and Ben Tan.  Current alternate members include:  Dylan Bushe, Rosemary DeGregorio, Billy Jenkins, and Sherri Raftery.

Announcing the 2023 Season / Seeking Artistic Staff for Three Shows

The Theatre Company of Saugus is pleased to announce the shows planned for 2023.

  • Comedy of Errors, a play by William Shakespeare. Mistaken identity amongst two sets of identical twins. To be presented March 3-12, 2023.  The director is Francine  Davis.
  • Peter and the Starcatcher, a Tony-Award-winning play by Rick Elice, with songs by Wayne Barker. The adventurous backstory of how an orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. To be presented May 12-21, 2023.  The director is Matthew Garlin. The music director is Ben Tan.
  • Little Shop of Horrors, the popular musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Mencken. Fame and fortune provided by a man-eating plant. Our Halloween-season show, to be presented October 27-29 & November 3-5, 2023.  The director is Jason Hair-Wynn. The musical director is Shawn Gelzleichter.

We are seeking additional artistic and technical staff for each of the the three shows in 2023:

  • Technical Directors for all three shows
  • Scenic, Lighting, and Costume Designers for all three shows
  • Stage Manager for Comedy of Errors

Stipends are available. Our performance venue is the American Legion Post 210 in Saugus, Massachusetts.

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions for any of these shows, write to us at tcsaugus@gmail.com, including a theatrical resume, and a short letter explaining your interest.

Saugus Founders Day 2022

Each year the town of Saugus holds a street fair. Featuring vendors, food carts, games for kids, art sales, and information booths set up by community organizations and businesses.

Theatre Company of Saugus always participates. There will be a TCS info booth, featuring raffles, games, and information. Several fantastic raffle prizes will be awarded. Purchase tickets at the TCS booth.

Need costumes for Halloween? We have them for sale at our table!

We also perform selections from our shows on the steps in front of Town Hall. This year we will feature the kids from the Youth Theatre Workshop this summer, performing selections from Willy Wonka Jr. and Addams Family young@part. The performance time is 1:30 to 2:30 PM.

We will have a special Founders Day discount on tickets to Zombie Prom.

This year Founders Day is on Saturday 10 September 2022. Running from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. On several blocks of Central Street, running north from the monument. The TCS booth is right in front of Town Hall.

We need volunteers to staff the TCS info table throughout the day. Greet visitors, hand out flyers, and run a raffle. We also need people to set up the table earlier in the morning, and break it down at the end.

Click here to sign up to staff, setup, or breakdown the TCS info table at Founders Day on 10 September 2022. We will contact you with instructions.

Spring Awakening gets 11 DASH Nominations & One Award

Congratulations to long-time TCS member Kathleen Tringale, who won the EMACT DASH award for Best Choreography for a Musical, for the TCS production of Spring Awakening. The award, announced at the Gala on August 20, 2022, was well deserved, as her choreography for the show was amazing.

Each year the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters (EMACT) conducts the Distinguished Achievement and Special Honors (DASH) program, in which shows are evaluated, leading possibly to awards (like the Tonys) announced at the annual DASH Gala. The nominees for shows performed in 2021-22 were announced on Wednesday 20 July 2022, via a YouTube streamcast.

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) production of Spring Awakening, presented in May 2022, was nominated for 11 awards:

  • Supporting Male Actor in a Musical – David Picariello as Moritz
  • Sound Design for a Musical – Patrick Dzierzak
  • Lighting Design for a Musical – Nathan Fogg-DeSisto
  • Makeup and Hair Design for a Musical – James Valentin
  • Costume Design for a Musical – James Valentin
  • Lead Female Actor in a Musical – Rachel Pride as Wendla
  • Choreography for a Musical- Kathleen Tringale
  • Music Direction for a Musical – Kelvyn Koning
  • Ensemble in a Musical – The Cast
  • Director of a Musical – Bobby Imperato
  • Best Musical – Spring Awakening

TCS members also were nominated for roles in the productions of other local theaters.

  • Supporting Actor in a Musical – Will Farfard Jr. in Into The Woods at Pentucket Players
  • Supporting Actor in a Play – John Pease in Drinking Habits at Colonial Chorus Players
  • Costume Design for a Play – Elvira Schoenthal for Translations at Marblehead Little Theatre
  • Stage Management of a Play – Monica Bruno for Sense and Sensibility at Concord Players
  • Specialty Ensemble in a Musical – Will Fafard Jr. and others as The Infantry in Evita at The Pentucket Players
  • Direction of a Musical – Jason Hair-Wynn for The Bridges of Madison County at The Burlington Players, 

(“Male Actor” and “Female Actor” are shorthand used here for “Performer in a Male-Identifying Role” and “Performer in a Female-Identifying Role”, respectively.) Click here for a complete list of the nominees.

The award winners were announced at the DASH Gala on Saturday 20 August 2022, at Cary Hall in Lexington. Food and drinks started at 6:30 PM, and the awards presentation started at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $40 each. Click here for more information about the Gala.

Because of the nomination for Best Musical, a medley from Spring Awakening was presented by 15 TCS cast members at the Gala. To see a video of the performance at the Gala, see the TCS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=theatre%20company%20of%20saugus

TCS Summer Youth Theatre Workshop Registration – Sign-Up by July 8, 2022 for Early Bird Discount

TCS is hosting TWO Youth Theatre Workshops this summer!
One is for Grades 1 to 8 and will end with performances of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, JR.
The other is for Grades 6 to 12 and will end with performances of The Addams Family Young@Part.

If you are at least in your first year of high school and are interested in applying for an Internship with Session I, Grades 1 to 8 that will be producing Willy Wonka, JR., please use the same registration form below to reflect your interest. If you have marked you are interested in being an Intern, a member of the Artistic Team will contact you for additional details and to set-up an interview.

TCS is returning with Youth Theatre Workshop during Summer 2022. For more information about thus summer’s program and to access the registration form and payment information details – CLICK HERE.

To share a PDF version of the flyer for the workshops – please chose one to download:
Grades 1-8 – Willy Wonka JR. only
Grades 6-12 – The Addams Family Young@Part only
Both Options on one flyer (same as above).

The Lion in Winter is ROARING into the Legion in June…

Theatre Company of Saugus is hosting

The Lion in Winter is the classic historical play by James Goldman, about King Henry II of England and his meeting with his queen, mistress, children, and rival king at his castle in Chinon, France during Christmas in the year 1183. Who shall succeed him as king? All three sons want to be the one, but how can Henry choose only one without making the others his enemies?

The Theatre Company of Saugus is excited to be hosting a professional Boston-area theatre company for the first time. The Psych Drama Company has been presenting innovative work for more than 10 years, in various venues around Boston and in Rhode Island.

This production is co-directed by Wendy Lippe of Psych Drama Company and Larry Segel of Theatre Company of Saugus.

While rehearsing the Lion in Winter when theaters were closed, an audio radio-play version was recorded, and that was streamed in December 2020. Click here to read rave press reviews of the radio play, and an exclusive press interview including discussion of the journey of the show from radio drama to fully realized production.

Click here to watch the video trailer.

Click here to read the press feature article about the show, by Kilian Melloy of the Boston Theater Critics Association’s Elliot Norton Awards Committee, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, Edge Media Network’s Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, and The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association.


The Lion in Winter Performances:
Friday, June 10 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 11 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 12 at 3:00 PM (matinee)
Friday, June 17 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 19 at 3:00 PM (matinee)

ALL TICKETS = $25 EACH

How to Purchase Tickets:
Advance online sales, using any major credit card, are open until four hours before the curtain time. If available, seats can be purchased at the door for the same price, using cash, check, Venmo, or PayPal, but no credit cards. Ticket prices are the same for all patrons.


COVID Safety Policy Update
Although policies about wearing masks and providing proof of vaccination have been loosening up in many places, in theaters we still must ensure the safety of our patrons, members, actors, and crew, by minimizing the risk of contagion. Our home at the Saugus American Legion is not large and social distancing is not possible.
Therefore we will continue to require our audience to wear masks inside (unless actively eating or drinking), and to be vaccinated. All the cast members of our shows are vaccinated, will be masked during rehearsals, and will be tested prior to performances.
This is especially important for this production as there will be immersive seating and audience and cast will be VERY close to each other.


About Psych Drama Company

The Psych Drama Company was founded in December of 2010 by Wendy Lippe, Ph.D. As a clinical psychologist, Wendy’s vision in starting this company is to integrate her professional expertise with her work as a creative artist. They aim to produce dramatic pieces that engage the large community of mental health professionals in the Boston area, as well as to stimulate and foster psychological mindedness and insight in the community at large.

It is important to them that their productions target not only professionals in the field, including psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health workers, and social workers, but also members of the general public: they aim to be equally accessible to professionals and laypeople alike. Their ultimate goal is to make all of the greatest classic works of drama relevant to today’s audiences by focusing on the timeless elements of human nature.

About Theatre Company of Saugus

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is the community theatre group serving Saugus, Massachusetts and the surrounding area. Founded in 1968 as the “Town-Criers”, they incorporated in 1990 as a not-for-profit corporation.
Their mission statement is, “To foster and promote an appreciation of the theatre arts and to stimulate production of living theatre for the entertainment and cultural enrichment of the community.”

TCS is currently in the process of getting back to having 3-4 Main Stage productions per year + their Summer Youth Workshop, which culminates in a weekend of performances.